Aspirin for the second hundred years: new uses for an old drug.


The history of aspirin can be traced back to ancient Egypt where extract of willow bark was used to treat inflammation. The active component of the extract was identified as the glucoside of salicylic alcohol. The severe gastric side effects associated with the use of sodium salicylate prompted the synthesis of the o-acetyl-derivative as a possible pro-drug… (More)


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